/ Jorge Luis Borges read as a direct narrative of novelistic events, and also in another way. The heterogenous census of the authors whom I con-. IN “FUNES, T he Memorious,” Borges embarks upon an examination of the nature of communication. Ireneo Funes, the object of this fictional testimonial, is. In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes.

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Most of these characters had been earlier described by Cicero in his Tusculan Disputations. His handwriting was perfect, very sharply outlined; his orthography, of the type favored by Andres Bello: He carried his pride to the point of acting as if the blow that had felled him were beneficial.

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Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I find it very satisfactory that all those who knew him should write about him; my testimony will perhaps be the shortest and no doubt the poorest, but not the most impartial in the volume you will edit. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

My first memory of Funes is very perspicuous. Harvard University Press, ; London: Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation. As he packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s house. It seems to me I did not see his face until dawn; I believe I recall the intermittent glow of his cigarette.

After a sultry day, an enormous slate-colored storm had hidden the sky. In the overly replete world of Memoriuos, there were nothing but details. Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her memory as a curse. Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes.

Funes the Memorious

In The Principles of Psychologyone of his fore- most works, James says this about memory: Notify me of new comments via email. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.


I remember him I have no right to utter this sacred verb, only one man on earth had that right and he is dead with a dark passion flower in his hand, seeing it as no one has ever seen it, though he might look at it from the twilight of dawn till that of evening, a whole lifetime.

There was a grape arbor; the darkness seemed complete to me. I remember I think his angular, leather-braiding hands. My deplorable status as an Argentine will prevent me from indulging in a dithyramb, an obligatory genre in Uruguay whenever the subject is an Uruguayan.

Borges, disconcerted, sends Fuunes what he deems the most difficult works “in order fully to undeceive him”. Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices.

I can conjure up my memory of a beautiful woman, adorn her ears with glittering jewelry if I so choose, make her give me an enchanting smile, and so on. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from January Articles with permanently dead external links Articles with Russian-language external links Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references.

The second half of the quotation is itself a quotation: I was returning from the San Francisco birges with my cousin Bernardo Haedo.

Of the magical compadrito of my story I can state that he is a precursor to memorios, a suburban, incomplete Zarathustra; what cannot be denied is that he is a monster. As we shall see in the following chapters, Shereshevskii possessed a very strong synesthesia—an involuntary link between different senses, like associating numbers with colors— that gave his memories a much richer content and thus made them easier to recollect.

Borges and Memory: Encounters with the Human Brain [Excerpt]

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: If we remembered everything, we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing. He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled.


As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia.

In fact, toward the end of the story he mentions that Funes found sleeping difficult, because to sleep is to get distracted from the world. Without the slightest change of voice, Ireneo told me to come in.

Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3].

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The Mind of a Mnemonist”. In order to pass the time, Funes has engaged in projects such as reconstructing a full day’s worth of past memories an effort which, he finds, takes him another full dayand constructing a “system of enumeration” that gives each number a different, arbitrary name. I suspect, however, that he was not very capable of thinking.

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I never saw him more than three times; the last was in Heinemann,pp. Email required Address never made public. Borges was working from first principles.

She told me Ireneo was in the back room and I should not be surprised to find him in the dark, because he knew how to pass the idle hours without lighting the candle. The early death of Funes echoes the bores of unfulfilled potential, the wasted miracle of a plainsman with phenomenal abilities who lives and dies in obscurity.

In a word that fragmentary hoodlum is me, or is an image I stole for literary purposes but which corresponds to my own insomnia. Harvard University Press; London: Sospecho, sin embargo, que no era muy capaz de pensar.